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New Zealand Arrival Information

Asia Pacific Superyachts assist all visiting vessels and Superyachts with the arrival process in New Zealand. Make contact today for the latest forms and how best to prepare for your arrival. We will have the friendliest Customs and Biosecurity Officers attend the vessel on arrival. 

Does your crew need a Visa? Please check with Duthie to ensure your crew come under the Visa Waiver Scheme or discuss how to process a Superyacht Crew / Owner Visitor Visa.


New Zealand is largely free of many of the pests and diseases found in other countries. To keep such pests and diseases out, and to protect their native species, New Zealand has fairly strict Biosecurity rules.

The following items are prohibited:

  • Avian meat (chicken, turkey) and eggs
  • Fresh fruit, vegetables and fungi
  • Honey, pollen, propolis, honeycombs and other bee products
  • All live animals, pets, birds, bird’s eggs, fish and insects
  • Live plants, plant cuttings, bulbs, corms, rhizomes and tubers
  • Fresh cut flowers and foliage
  • Lei, and lei materials
  • Straw packaging
  • Coral, ivory, snakeskin, crocodile products or whale bone including ornaments, jewellery, souvenirs and handicrafts
  • Clam, turtle and tortoise shells

There is a list of Items that need to be declared on arrival, for more information about entry procedures when arriving in New Zealand please contact Asia Pacific Superyachts NZ – Duthie Lidgard + 64 21 409 802 , or email

Implementation of New Zealand’s biofouling regulations. (mandatory from May 2018)

Below is information about new biofouling regulations and how superyachts can comply.

In May 2018, the Craft Risk Management Standard (CRMS) for Biofouling will go into effect. This new standard will require that all vessels entering New Zealand Territory arrive with a “clean hull”. The thresholds for what constitutes a clean hull is dependent on a vessel’s itinerary- “short stay” vessels are those intending to stay in New Zealand for 20 days or less and to only visit ports designated as Places of First Arrival, and “long stay” vessels are those intending to stay for 21 days or more or to visit ports not designated as Places of First Arrival. As superyachts often come to New Zealand for extended periods of time and/or visit areas of high ecological significance that are not designated Places of First Arrival (i.e. Milford Sound), most will fall into the long stay category, and will have to comply with more stringent biofouling thresholds. Under the CRMS, long stay vessels will only be allowed a slime layer and gooseneck barnacles as fouling on all hull and niche areas.

Download a fact sheet regarding the CRMS and how superyachts can comply with the new regulations.

For more information, please visit MPI’s biofouling management page, where you can view a copy of the CRMS and specific guidance for recreational vessels.

Please feel free to contact Duthie Lidgard from Asia Pacific Superyachts +64 21 409 802 or email with any inquiries regarding the CRMS and how you can comply. 

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